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Beautiful Gong Shim: Episode 17

Things seem to be falling into place for Gong Shim, but the same can’t be said for Dan-tae. Misunderstandings make the rift grow wider, but when the evidence points to one person in particular, it’s difficult to fathom that someone else may be the real culprit. Tensions are high and the pressure is on as Dan-tae desperately seeks more clues to obtain the truth that had been eluding him all his life.

 
EPISODE 17 RECAP

While waiting for Gong Shim outside her new workplace, Dan-tae decides to give “Dad’s army friend,” aka Butterfly Tattoo Uncle, a call, in the hopes that someone will pick up this time. As the phone rings, Jun-su and Gong Shim step outside for lunch together.

Gong Shim remarks that Jun-su’s phone is ringing, but he holds up his silent phone to indicate that it’s not. The ringing continues, however, and Gong Shim thinks it’s originating from his bag. He unzips it and finds an additional phone, still ringing; he’s confused by its presence.

Meanwhile, Gong Shim looks up and notices Dan-tae. She greets him, and Jun-su looks up to see Dan-tae staring daggers at him. Dan-tae finally hangs up, which stops the phone in Jun-su’s hand from ringing.

Gong Shim’s coworkers emerge for lunch and encourage her and Jun-su to join them. She can’t back out of her first coworker lunch, so she mouths an apology to Dan-tae for having to cancel on such short notice before joining her new coworkers.

Dan-tae wants answers and grabs Jun-su by the collar, demanding to know why someone else’s phone is in his possession. Jun-su’s unable to answer; he’s not sure what he’s done wrong to warrant such aggression. Dan-tae reveals that he saw Jun-su at the hospital and vows to do everything in his power to find out what Jun-su’s hiding and bring it to light.

That night, Dan-tae sits sullenly at home. Gong Shim brings him a box of fried chicken to make up for their canceled lunch and expresses her love for the new job. She adds that Jun-su’s forming a new company with her design firm, but that he wasn’t involved in any part of her hire.

Gong Mi gets her yoga on at home with a cool PPL phone-watch, which she uses to reply to Jun-su’s text, assuring him that she’ll work hard at his company. The thought of working with him brings a smile to her face.

Gong Shim gets home and shares with her parents how much she’s liking her new job. Jun-su’s affiliation with Gong Shim’s design firm, however, is unwelcome and unexpected news to Gong Mi because that means she and her sister will be working for the same company; Gong Mi doesn’t like that one bit.

A late-night text delights Gong Shim’s father, but he’s unable to reply until his curious wife is fast asleep. Jun-su’s father also receives a late-night text, and his wife tries to open it, but his phone is locked. She asks him why his phone is locked all of a sudden, but he’s so offended by her prying, he leaves the house for some “fresh air.”

Tae-hee/Jun-su’s mother locates her husband through a tracking app on her phone and heads outside to find him. Meanwhile, Jae-boon/Gong Shim’s mother wakes up from her nap and realizes that her husband is missing. She muses that he’s been acting strangely lately, humming and surreptitiously answering calls, and runs out to find him.

Jae-boon and Tae-hee bump into each other on the street. Their animosity remains unchanged as they push past each other to find their respective husbands at, coincidentally, the same music cafe. They can’t believe their eyes when they spot their husbands onstage, performing a duet together, like old bosom buddies. Love. Them.

The wives drag their reluctant husbands out of the cafe, but alas the bromance bonds are unbreakable. Cue melo romance music (typically reserved for Dan-tae and Gong Shim) as Jun-su’s father and Gong Shim’s father dash to each other and meet halfway in the middle of the street. They hold each other’s hands and wish each other well until the day they’ll be able to meet again. Aww forbidden bromance.

The next day, Dan-tae calls the arboretum to look into the gardener who used to work with his father and also handed Jun-su’s mother the note that prompted her to escape. Dan-tae’s not given much information to work with, but he looks through his father’s belongings and finds a planner. Scrawled inside is the address to a small market operated by the gardener’s son.

Dan-tae finds the gardener sitting outside the market with his grandson. He approaches with a photo of Jun-su and asks if the man in the photo coerced the gardener to quit his job at the arboretum. The gardener freezes and denies that he was forced to quit; he deflects Dan-tae’s questioning and rushes inside.

Dan-tae and Jun-su cross paths in the Star Group lobby, and it’s a miracle they don’t engage in fisticuffs. Dan-tae pointedly inquires as to when Jun-su dabbled in bribery to hide people away, but once again, Jun-su has no idea what Dan-tae is insinuating.

Uncle watches their tense encounter from above and grins; his plan is working exactly as planned. Jun-su and Dan-tae are now pitted against each other, and their animosity is growing. A flashback reveals that Uncle had planted his cell phone in Jun-su’s bag while Jun-su was packing up his office. Uncle concludes that because the two men are now enemies, Jun-su will either kick Dan-tae out of the company or at the very least, settle this manner on his own.

Jun-su drops off the unknown phone at a data retrieval service, but he’s told that the chances of recovering information from a reset phone are rather slim. He then stops by Gong Mi’s new office and welcomes her on her first day at the new job. She eyes a gift bag in his hand, but it doesn’t end up going to her.

She catches Jun-su handing the gift bag to Gong Shim. Gong Shim tries to decline the gift, but Jun-su insists she accept it because it’s merely a congratulatory gift for her new job. Gong Shim graciously accepts, and Jun-su looks delighted as she walks away. Meanwhile, Gong Mi’s got disappointment and jealousy written all over her face.

Dan-tae updates his grandmother on the search for the culprit; there’s been zero progress. She warns him to be careful, but there’s something else she’s more interested in: the girl who has Dan-tae smitten. Grandmother wants to meet her this instant and orders Dan-tae to call her.

He does as he’s told, but admits that he’s not sure what to say to Gong Shim. He rings her up… and has no problem spinning an elaborate lie while his grandmother watches with glee, heh.

He tells Gong Shim that because he messed up the chairwoman’s schedule, she canceled all her afternoon events to go speak to him at his rooftop. Dan-tae adds that she’s very cross and asks Gong Shim to do him a favor: appease her until he arrives since he’s “stuck in traffic.” Gong Shim’s freaking out, unsure of how she’ll be able to defuse this situation, but seeing as there seems to be no other option, she agrees to help.

Grandmother has arrived at Dan-tae’s rooftop. Gong Shim greets her and is on her very best behavior, which ends up coming across as rather stiff and awkward. She puts on her biggest smile and compliments Grandmother on her beauty, but Grandmother barely reacts as she sizes Gong Shim up.

Gong Shim escorts Grandmother inside Dan-tae’s humble abode and offers her a beverage, only to open up the mini-fridge and find it empty. Grandmother’s not impressed by Dan-tae’s thrifty living and wonders how he survives like this, but Gong Shim swiftly reassures her that his fridge is not in use because the “fridge downstairs” is the one he actually uses.

Gong Shim calls Gu-nam and asks him to bring up two cold beverages from the store, heh. Grandmother asks Gong Shim about the origin of her last name, her family, and her zodiac sign, and so far so good; she likes what she’s hearing and inquires as to what Gong Shim likes about Dan-tae.

The random question takes Gong Shim by surprise and Grandmother quickly retracts and clarifies that she meant to ask what the holdup is with Dan-tae. Gong Shim wonders the same, musing that it’s not like he’s dumb.

Grandmother takes offense at the “dumb” bit, but Gong Shim reassures her that Dan-tae always gets the job done despite his tardiness. Gong Shim suggests that Grandmother wait for Dan-tae at her home so she’ll be more comfortable, but Grandmother has no intention of budging; she plans on scolding him right here in person, which makes Gong Shim worry.

But a light bulb goes off and Gong Shim heads downstairs to whip up a meal for Grandmother. Grandmother slurps up Gong Shim’s delicious spicy noodles and is impressed by her culinary prowess. She’s curious if Dan-tae is attractive to women even when he lives in such a tiny home, and Gong Shim replies that he is indeed because he’s handsome and confident, despite not being wealthy.

She continues by stating that money can always be earned and that she’s never met anyone like Dan-tae who doesn’t feel inferior to rich people. Her answers seems to please Grandmother, who then asks what qualities she dislikes about Dan-tae.

Gong Shim answers that she hates when Dan-tae picks food off the ground and eats it. This boggles Grandmother’s mind, and Gong Shim guesses that he may have been a beggar in a previous life.

Gong Shim has Grandmother lie down so she can give her a relaxing massage. She entreats her not to scold Dan-tae too harshly because he’s a softhearted soul. Grandmother asks if the purpose of the massage was to convince her to go easy on Dan-tae, before falling into a deep sleep and snoring softly.

Some time later, Dan-tae has arrived and Grandmother is feeling refreshed post-nap. She tells him how hard Gong Shim tried to impress and get her not to scold him that she was barely able to contain her laughter. Dan-tae grins, pleased to hear that his grandmother liked Gong Shim and found her to be cute, sharp, and handy.

Grandmother takes one last look around Dan-tae’s place and urges him to move into his family home soon. She also warns him not to eat food off the ground, but Dan-tae denies doing that.

Over drinks, Gong Mi lies (surprise!) to her sister and mentions that rumors about her possibly nepotistic hire are swirling around the company. Gong Shim frowns, asserting that even her coworkers know that she got hired without Jun-su’s influence and that Jun-su wasn’t even aware that she applied for a job until afterward.

Gong Mi calls her naive and advises her against being so friendly with Jun-su at work. She adds that as her older sister, she’s simply looking out for Gong Shim. Mhmm.

Back on the rooftop, Dan-tae thanks Gong Shim for her efforts because the chairwoman ended up forgiving him for his negligence. She warns him not to get on her bad side again, but offers to help out should he make the same mistake.

Gong Shim mentions that the chairwoman asked her a lot of weird questions and that it felt like she was being interviewed, and Dan-tae hastily explains that the chairwoman’s very inquisitive, heh. He asks how she made the chairwoman fall asleep, and Gong Shim states that she massaged her.

She offers to massage Dan-tae as well, but he’s hesitant about the idea. Gong Shim ignores his protests and massages his shoulders for a hot second before he squirms away and cackles maniacally. Turns out he’s very ticklish so Gong Shim proceeds to tickle him all over, and in doing so, she falls on top of him. There’s a brief, charged moment between the two before they get up and act like nothing happened.

The next day, Jun-su returns from the arboretum and informs his uncle that he wasn’t able to locate the gardener who helped his mother escape before Dan-tae arrived. He asks if Uncle hid him somewhere, but Uncle denies doing such thing.

Uncle slyly proposes that Jun-su get rid of Dan-tae to ease his nerves; after all, Jun-su brought Dan-tae to Star Group, so he should resolve the Dan-tae issue on his own. When Jun-su leaves the room, Uncle muses that the gardener is his insurance should Jun-su or anyone else pester him about the case.

Dan-tae jots down Jun-su’s license plate number and heads to his father’s hospital. He gathers some details from the parking attendant and a surveillance officer, and is able to deduce the time frame during which Jun-su was at the hospital the day of his father’s near death experience. CCTV footage from another corridor captured Jun-su walking towards Dan-tae’s father’s room.

The data retrieval team was able to recover one outgoing call from the mysterious phone that was in Jun-su’s bag. Jun-su calls the number and is alarmed when Dan-tae’s aunt picks up. She’s livid and demands to know who the caller is and if this was another attempt at murdering Dan-tae’s father.

Dan-tae takes the phone from his aunt and furiously addresses the silent caller by his name: “Seok Jun-su, why did you call again. WHY? Did you intend to kill my father again?”

Jun-su doesn’t say a word and hangs up immediately, struggling to process the fact that his uncle tried to kill Dan-tae’s father.

Jun-su confronts his uncle and demands to know why:

Jun-su: “After confirming that Dan-tae wasn’t Jun-pyo, I was going to end my search for him and cover up everything to conceal Mother’s crime. That was my intention, but now I think my reasoning was wrong. You tried to murder someone. I won’t be able to forgive you now. I can’t do this any longer.”

Uncle remains undaunted and asks what Jun-su plans on doing next. Jun-su declares that he’ll reveal everything. Just as he’s about to leave, Uncle stops him and recommends that he listen to something.

With the speakerphone on, Uncle dials his sister and brings up Dan-tae’s father. She frantically asks if he was properly dealt with so he wouldn’t be able to incriminate them.

Jun-su’s knees buckle upon hearing his mother’s words and learning that she was involved in the attempted murder of Dan-tae’s father.

Uncle hangs up and asks Jun-su again what he plans on doing now that he knows the truth about his mother. He states that Jun-pyo’s kidnapping and lengthy disappearance were all his mother’s doing and that he merely followed his sister’s instructions because he needed the money. Jun-su’s visibly upset and shaken. And the worst uncle/brother award goes to…

Dan-tae marches to Jun-su’s office but finds the door locked; Jun-su’s not answering his phone either. Jun-su decides to take a short trip somewhere and be off the grid.

That evening, Dan-tae and Gong Shim hold hands on their date. She comments that Jun-su is taking a vacation, but finds the timing strange since he just started his new company and there’s so much work to be done.

Dan-tae turns to face her and urges her to quit her new job because he hates that she’s working at Jun-su’s company. Gong Shim’s taken aback by his request and wants to know why he feels that way, when he’s fully aware of how much she likes her job. He doesn’t justify his statement, and Gong Shim calls him selfish before storming off. Later on, Dan-tae finds Gong Shim standing on the roof, and she gives it to him straight.

Gong Shim: “Ahn Dan-tae, why are you so dense? I’m dense, too, so I can’t do two things at once. I’m incapable of seeing two men at once because I’m dumb. I only have feelings for you, no one else, so stop misunderstanding.”

Dan-tae embraces her and afterwards, gives her a quick peck on the lips before going in for deeper kiss. When he pulls away, the two are adorably shy and giddy about it. Dan-tae gives her another quick smooch and Gong Shim covers her face with her hands, heh.

The following day, Uncle catches Dan-tae on his way out to tend to his father at the hospital. He expresses sympathy and concern for Dan-tae since it’s difficult look after someone in the ICU and urges him to go quickly. Dan-tae appreciates his concern, but realization hits, and he wonders how Jun-su’s uncle knew his father was in the ICU.

At the hospital, Dan-tae scans through old surveillance footage and immediately spots Jun-su’s uncle walking out of the ICU the day his father nearly died. The possibility of Jun-su’s uncle as the culprit finally occurs to Dan-tae, and he wonders if his father and Jun-su’s uncle personally knew each other.

Dan-tae learns that Jun-su’s uncle was in the same platoon as his father when they served in the army. He visits his father’s army friend at the restaurant he works at to find out more. The restaurant owner informs Dan-tae that he knows Jun-su’s uncle, Yeom Tae-cheol, very well since they were in the same platoon along with Dan-tae’s father.

He mentions that Tae-cheol came looking for Dan-tae’s father a few months ago, asking around for his contact information. Tae-cheol and Dan-tae’s father were close, he says, and he brings out an old, black-and-white photo to prove it. Taken while the men were serving in the army, Tae-cheol smiles for the camera with his arms around Dan-tae’s father.

The dots start connecting, and the disjointed clues begin to make sense in rapid succession as Dan-tae drives to Star Group. He storms into Uncle’s office, grabs his arm and pushes up his sleeve, revealing a butterfly tattoo.

“Yeom Tae-cheol. It was you,” Dan-tae says with conviction.

 
COMMENTS

Seventeen episodes. It took seventeen episodes for Dan-tae and Gong Shim to finally kiss and for Dan-tae to realize that Butterfly Tattoo Uncle is the culprit. While I’m relieved that we’ve finally reached this turning point, the birth secret storyline dragged immensely and made for a rather anticlimactic confrontation between Dan-tae and Uncle; we viewers knew early on who the villain was, and we kept checking our watches wondering when Dan-tae would figure it out. Well, it was about time. The kisse(s), albeit delayed, came at the right moment. Gong Shim felt vulnerable, expressing how much she likes Dan-tae and only Dan-tae, but his kiss basically confirmed that the feelings are mutual, so there’s no need to feel embarrassed or ashamed. And if she had any lingering doubts, that extra smooch at the end probably dispelled them.

I’m a bit puzzled by Jun-su’s spur-of-the-moment trip. I understand he must be feeling overwhelmed and beyond upset by the crimes orchestrated by his mother and uncle, but where did he go? Is this his way of giving up and surrendering to Uncle’s guilt-tripping? Was he trying to run away (temporarily) from his problems in typical chaebol evasion fashion? If that’s the case, that’s very atypical of him; the chaebol conventions have largely been subverted in this drama, and it’s been a nice change. I miss the Jun-su who was so determined to find the truth about Dan-tae and Jun-pyo. If the boys put aside their resentment for just a moment, I’m pretty sure they could’ve cleared the air and perhaps even work together towards the truth. That would’ve been fun to see. Maybe there’s still a chance for that later on now that Dan-tae knows Uncle is the real culprit.

There’s Gong Shim, and then there’s everyone else tied to the Jun-pyo case. Two separate entities. Still. I’m frustrated by the fact that Gong Shim hasn’t the slightest idea about Dan-tae’s kidnapper search because Dan-tae hasn’t said a peep about it to her. I think it’s safe to say that they’re now officially boyfriend and girlfriend, so why isn’t Dan-tae spilling? He’s able to tell her that he doesn’t like her working for Jun-su, but stops short at explaining why. Of course he came across as selfish when he said that. She incorrectly surmised that Dan-tae feared her feelings for him would change from working with Jun-su, when really, I think Dan-tae was more concerned about her safety, working with the man who may have tried to kill his father. I’ve noticed that Gong Shim almost always does most of the talking, and Dan-tae just listens silently without responding much. Sure, he’s got a lot on his mind, but I also think she does more for him, and that their relationship is rather imbalanced. Gong Shim is very much a giver, but I’d like to see Dan-tae step up and be a better boyfriend to her by opening up more.

The cute always overshadowed the birth secret, but in this episode, even the cute seemed rather dull, except for one golden moment involving Gong Shim’s father and Jun-su’s father. Two friends, united by their love of music, singing together on stage. Their bromance symbolized by the heart they lovingly formed with their curved palms, only to be pulled apart by their disapproving wives who can’t put aside their differences…I wouldn’t mind some more bromance from the goofy dads because Dan-tae and Jun-su are having a dry spell, and it’s going to be awhile before rainbows and sunshine appear to clear the stormy clouds above their heads.

Three more episodes to go, and for me, that seems like quite a lot of real estate for a plot that’s about to run its course. But throw in some more daddy duets, and I’ll stay for the ride. Have Dan-tae and Jun-su hug it out and go back to being buddies and I’ll be satisfied. All I ask is for the Dan-tae/Jun-su/Gong Shim friendship trio to stay intact!

 
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Gong Mi lies in every episode. So much so, that I would actually rather her get caught than the kidnappers. I just don't understand how she's gotten away with being rotten this long.

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I have kind of given hope on Gong Mi.

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Oops I meant "given up" not "given hope" lol

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I am waiting for her comeuppance - JunSu's mom finding out about Gong Mi's family wasn't much, especially since JS didn't care either way and has even got her the new job.

What a horrid sister, she is! And, it's a sure sign of Gong Shim gaining self-confidence, when she did not act upon unni's 'sisterly concerns' about apparent rumours in their office.

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And what is the purpose of having Gong Mi in this show? Whatever it was, it is gone now. She gets brief scenes of nastiness and never really manages to accomplish anything. Evil genius she ain't.

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That Kiss..finally after 16 episodes. It finally happened at it's really worth it.

The meeting between GS and Halmeoni is really cute too. I'm glad that they can still manage to make some light moments even there are grim/sad events.

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EVERYONE has lied so consistently to one another throughout this entire show!

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Almost everyone besides the baddies lies because they were trying to protect someone else. Gong Mi lies because she's selfish, manipulative and mean.

So in the dramaverse, the others' lies are more tolerable. In real life though, I despise lying in any form and I try my best not to.

Writers use it a LOT in dramas to extend misunderstandings...especially when they are running out of plot and have to stretchhhhhh for 20 episodes.

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Can someone please get rid of gong mi?If her character arc doesn't projectile straight into a garbage bin I will be very unhappy.

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Yeah she's such a one dimensional character. I had hoped that they would flesh out her character more but sadly she is just the petty evil sister.
Still I can't wait to see her face when she realizes DT is the true star group heir! ?

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I think her face will be priceless. Putting this aside I think her character doesn't look like a second lead but more like a supporting actress. I'm not complaining at this point of the drama (the less I see her the better I feel) but they definitely could have done something with her character early on.

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Ooooh yes! THAT face - LOL. Can't wait!

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Well, they did kiss before.... I guess this is their first mutual kiss though.

I agree that DT and GS seem rather unbalanced because even if they are dating, he's not really sharing his problems with her at all. And his problems are freaking huge and life changing, and there is someone out there trying to kill his father. She has a right to know this. He's literally a whole other person with another side to himself he's not allowing her to see. I know she'll find out soon (well, she has to...), but I wish this would have come up before though since I think it'll end up getting him in trouble with her eventually, but there isn't much time for her to feel hurt because the drama will end so obviously it won't be a big deal.

I actually like the birth secret, but I think they spend too much time trying to catch the uncle. We all know who did it, so it's just not that interesting to watch DT trying to play catch up. The uncle should have been outed ages ago, then we get the story of how DT, GS and JS deal with the fallout of his new identity. I'm actually more interested in what happens to the mother and what the grandma does when she finds out everything more so than the uncle.

This drama is just too long for the story the writer is telling, but sadly there is actually stuff I'm interested in seeing that isn't being shown because we are stuck watching the never ending hunt for the culprit everyone knows. The strength of the drama to me were the quirky main characters, and the friendship between the three leads. I really wish that would have been more focus.

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I agree with you on most parts of your comment.
I also saw their one way unbalanced relationship in which Gong Shim tells Dan Tae everything but the other way around never occurs. I just wish Gong Shim could be there for him just like he's been there for her.
I honestly don't care much about the birth secret and like you I prefer the characters and their relationship and the Jun Su/Dan Tae's bromance. They really should have stopped at 16 episodes. 20 is too long.

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The birth secret is interesting to me because of how it would potentially change the dynamic with JS/DT and DT/GS, and the three together. That isn't really being explored. JS was living in the shadow of JP hyung his whole life, and it would be interesting how he really deals with him coming back. Would grandma have make amends with how she treated JS, or would she get angry and kick that whole family out of the house. GS has the confidence to date some goofy poor lawyer, but could she date someone who is heir to a huge company. Things like that. There's lots more the writer could explore with the secret, but instead we are getting nobody by granny knows and everyone else is in the dark for 17 episodes.

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You're right on the dynamic changes that will happen when everyone will know the truth, especially since Grandma and Dan Tae have known the truth for a while and yet have kept quiet about it. I look forward to it as well. Because I think Gong Shim self confidence might decrease (even if Granny seems to like her, let's not forget how Gong Shim was treated by Jun Su's mom). I think it's really easy for her to date Dan Tae, but dating Joon Pyo might be way harder for someone like Gong Shim. Who knows, dating Joon Pyo might help her character development which is good. But I also think that there will be at least a slight impact on the Dan Tae/Shim relationship. I also wonder about the Dan Tae/Jun Su bromance. I hope their relationship will go back to what is was and that Jun Su will not blame Dan Tae too much for hiding the truth. What I don't like about the birth secret plot is just how long it takes. Honestly I would not mind it too much if all capital characters (Jun Su & Shim) knew about the truth. But catching Jun Su's oncle just doesn't interest me much.

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This is the only drama I'm following right now. I still look forward to it every week, but the later episodes seem badly written.

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The humor even seems a little off, but I'm not sure I could pin it down exactly why. In the next episode there is a falling scene that seems too manufactured to be funny...I guess. I'm not sure.

I still love the main characters so I don't want to bad mouth the drama, I just think, like so many dramas, they should have made this end at 16.

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To little plot and to many episodes

I'm kind of relieved this week is the last. They can't ruin the cuteness anymore.

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Haha. This is really my guilty pleasure every week. I grin like a dork and LOL a lot at the funny moments. My expectations aren't high so I'm easily satisfied.

I was impressed at NGM doing his commando style push ups! (After Gong Shim fell on him ?) Clearly the boy still keeps himself very fit! He should have taken off his shirt before doing those though, for our benefit. Hahaha.

Glad the angst/brooding is coming to an end. And while I wish Gong Shim was a bit more involved, I will just pray they will give us at least 2 episodes of DT/GS/JS goodness. They owe us at least that much! ?

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I also look forward to this show every week. I really like all of the characters, especially Dan Te and Shim. The way they act when they're together is truly priceless. And the cheesy romantic music that is played during their scenes always makes me chuckle. I think Ill be able to make it to 20 episodes easily.

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Yeah I was kept happy throughout because of the cute moments in every episode. So I'm going to be sad when it's all over and I don't get to see DT/GM/JS on my screen every week. :(

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Me too! The birth secret scenes aren't super interesting, but they don't bother me either. The cute scenes are what's up. I bet that the clapping push-ups weren't in the script, NGM just decided to show off. :-)

And the dads! Hahahahaha.

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Haha yes! The clap push ups seemed very spontaneous. Not to mention he was doing them on a blanket/futon so I'm glad he didn't slip and smash his nose! Lol.

The dads are hilarious. They will be so happy when they are related. Lol ?

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I'm fairly critical of shows but this is one that I find fun to watch despite it's flaws. It's an easy watch. I too always find myself grinning over something (the dads stole this episode). DT and GS are cute. The birth secret storyline can get tedious, but I don't hate it and it's produced some scenes I've really liked.

Glad I wasn't the only one wishing NGM had taken off his shirt for the push ups scene lol.

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Haha. Yeah I was thinking- if you are so hot and bothered, shouldn't you at least take off your top to cool off before engaging in exercise?? ?

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I used to love this show and couldn't wait to watch it every weekend. The friendship between Gong Shim, Dan Tae and Joon Su was just too adorable. Then when the focus of the story shifted too much to the birth secret, I just lost interest. Gong Shim, the title character, became a supporting character. Such a waste.

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Thanks Chickachunga for the update.

I found ADT and GS's scenes cringeworthy in the previous episodes.

This episode made me glad to watch again.

My favorite part of the episode (and perhaps the drama to date) was the dads on the crossing.

However, it still feels like we are watching 2 dramas in one. The goofy romance of ADT and GS seems to be so inappropriate for the seriousness of the kidnapping/intended murder. I see the writer trying to tie them together in some scenes but then go to far again.

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I wish the show hadn't made Jun Su's father into a serial adulterer (which, if we think about it now, was just a plot device to get Gong Shim to be his secretary). We don't hear about it anymore...

He would then have been my favourite-st side character 'cos he is just adorable! His terrible jokes, the 'important meetings' in the children's park and the doggie-care, and now the budding bromance with GM's father is super fun. And, he seems to be a pretty reasonable guy otherwise too. Not the usual eeeevil chaebol daddy of K-dramas.

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It would be funny if he really hadn't been having affairs but was doing the things we're seeing like sneaking off to play with dogs and go to the park and such and he just used a more adult excuse. Possibly to kind of shake up his wife from being complacent. I mean imagine a line like, "You went to see that bitch Judy again!" "Yes I did she's a good girl!"

Overall I really like the show. The main trio have great chemistry and most of the supporting characters do prop up the show. I assume the writing is getting rushed and sloppy because they're in live shoot mode and near the end of the show.

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Hypothetical Judy conversation - ?

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OMG, I would LOVE for that to be the real "adultery", which would fit his character much better! Hahahaha, goofball dads!

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We don't "know" he was a serial adulterer. We only know his wife accused him of being one and fired secretaries because of her jealous accusations. In fairness, so many people have lied repeatedly on this show, I wouldn't be surprised if Jun-su’s father is not an adulterer, but just a goofy, bad joke loving, whipped husband.
And when we get rid of Gong Mi, can the show get rid of Jun-su's uncle and mom too?

They can get smooshed by a truck while making a phone call from a phone booth, get amnesia from a smack upside the head by a lead pipe, or eaten by a giant octopus. I don't care. (I'm usually not a violent person, but these three characters are past redemption. And if Gong Mi gets Jun-su in the end. I'm gonna be ticked!)

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I think if Gong Mi gets Jun Su, I'll just erase that part of the drama from my head and imagine him to be with someone decent. I just can't accept this kind of ending.

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Lol! Eaten by a giant octopus ?

Well so far Junsu hasn't had a single iota of interest in GM so hopefully! And the writer doesn't seem to want to redeem GM or make her into a nicer sister at all... So... Fingers and toes crossed we won't feel cheated.

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In the five or so years I have been watching kdrama this show is the first one to make me adore the friendship trio more than the love relationship between the main leads. I had such high hopes, which makes the disappointment all the greater when they broke bromance and left GS in the dark. Even if it "gets fixed" I will still be left disappointed because I know what could have made the drama stronger and more refreshing rather than what ultimately weakened it.

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I just can't believe that its now on the 17th episode and Gong Mi's character in the drama seemed to not have any significance at all. She does not have any progress with her love life, nor her jealous attitude.

I just hope she doesn't end up with Junsu because they are "totally incompatible" i tell you guys!!

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Wow I'm so happy to finally find a site where I can see everyone's opinions on this show! I think this recap/review is great and I agree with all of the comments for the most part (the birth secret stuff was WAY too drawn out and boring, imbalanced relationship, etc). I feel like the show really missed its moments to shine, like it lost all of the emotional buildup it had for Gong Shim and Ahn Dan Tae, and the kiss came way too late. I remember towards the beginning their relationship was so exciting, and if the kiss had happened back then, it would have felt like a culmination of all of that emotion, a climax. But it ended up feeling lackluster, I think. The kiss scene itself was well done, but the context wasn't that great for me, because all of their relationship cuteness has been swallowed by the never-ending non-mystery of the kidnapping investigation.

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